Mckinney Hgh School is hit their stride as the decade is coming to a close. The past three years, they’ve made it the playoffs three straight times. They’re getting better each and every attempt as well
2017, a 7-4 season wherein the playoffs they got shutout by Carroll. A year later, they go the inverse 4-7. But, they snuck into the playoffs and only lost to a competitive Wylie team by 10. Fast forward to last season.
Mckinney sat at 5-4 going into the last game of the season. A rivalry game against Mckinney Boyd. Win, and you get into the playoffs. Lose, and your season is done.
With about ninety seconds left, Mckinney kicker, Seth Cox put the Lions up by three. Mckinney Boyd though had a chance to break the hearts of their rivals. Boyd drove down the field, despite being shut-out at this point in the second half, they were making it happen against the Lions stout defense on this final drive.
Before you knew it though, Boyd was looking for the long ball. That’s when Adrian Shepherd, made his second interception of the night, which sealed the victory for the Lions. Once again the Lions were playoff bound.
Against Naaman Forest in the bi-district round, fans were treated to a tight, low-scoring, back and forth contest. Mckinney in the final seconds got down to the six-yard line and kicked the game-winning field goal.
The Lions in each of the last three years is getting better and better.
Mckinney, just in time is bringing in a freshman running back. A running back who hasn’t played a snap in high school yet has already received an offer from Utah. Get ready to be introduced to a man who will be one of the best running backs in the state when it’s his time. Bryan Jackson II.
You read that right. This kid after his 8th-grade season already has an offer from a power-five university.
“Very very blessed and humbled,” Jackson II said on his offer.
Jackson II is a 6’0 185-pound running back. He’s already able to run a 11.5 100-meter dash and it shows on film. He’s massive, quick, and can run through or around anybody.
“I believe my game most resembles Derrick Henry,” Jackson II said.
Jackson got into football at a young age to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
“My dad was in college but didn’t try for the combine, so I had shoes to fill. I have a love for the game in general,” Jackson II said.
Coach Marcus Shavers has done an incredible job in the past two seasons of building up the Lions to be a year in and year out playoff contender. In 2020, with the realignment, Mckinney got a tough draw.
They’re stuck in a district with four other playoff teams from a year ago with Allen, Braswell, Guyer, and Prosper. Allen and Prosper both beat Mckinney last season. Despite this, Jackson II remains confident about the future of the Lions.
“The goal is to win a state championship.”
Jackson II might not be known by most yet. But, the second he starts running the rock for the Lions, people will turn heads to notice. He’s clearly already caught the attention of major scouting departments. Now, he’s ready to take North Dallas and the state of Texas by storm.
“I am willing to do anything for a win,” Jackson II said.
Bryan Jackson II is a name that soon everyone will recognize.